|Sat 29th Jul||3:00 pm||Pre-season friendly||2017/18|
Leverstock Green played their final pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon against Northwood at Pancake Lane, and it proved to be a very tough afternoon against an excellent Southern League side under the new management of former Berkhamsted Town boss Simon Lane.
It was an unfamiliar Leverstock line-up that started the game, including six trialists. They were under pressure from the start, although it took 18 minutes for Northwood to take the lead through Pat Adamson. Two minutes later it became 2-0 from the penalty spot. A deflected shot on 26 minutes and an outrageous chip from distance three minutes later, both from Jamie Doolan, made it 4-0 and the 5th was scored in the 39th minute.
Five of the established players came on at half time, but they could do nothing to change the course of the game as Northwood continued to be dominant. The sixth goal came in the 57th minute, and the seventh goal in the 78th minute started a glut of four goals in little over five minutes to complete the double figure score.
With two important cup games coming up this week, it was hardly the ideal preparation, but Scott Dash and Mark Royal will be hoping their squad can put this afternoon behind them as they travel to Tring Athletic on Tuesday night in the first round of the Herts Charity Shield.